The History of Anchorage

Russian presence in south central Alaska was well established in the 19th century. In 1867, U. S. Secretary of State William H. Seward brokered a deal to purchase Alaska from a debt-ridden Imperial Russia for $7.2 million (about two cents an acre). The deal was lampooned by political rivals as “Seward’s folly”, “Seward’s icebox” and “Walrussia”. By 1888, gold was discovered along Turnagain Arm.

In 1912, Alaska became a United States territory. Anchorage, unlike every other large town in Alaska south of the Brooks Range, was neither a fishing nor mining camp. The area within tens of miles of Anchorage is barren of significant economic metal minerals. While a number of Dena’ina settlements existed along Knik Arm for years, only two white men.

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jigginsmcgee ASKED:

How often have you been to Alaska? I hear it's pretty amazing this time of year. If you could be one animal native to the beautiful state, which would you be?


I’ve never been to Alaska though I have heard that it is gorgeous in the spring. I’ve been thinking of riding my motorcycle up there with a friend of mine. If I was an animal, I’d be a road-worthy one with wheels.

Amazing photography by Luke Williams.
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Amazing photography by Luke Williams.
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Connor: I think we should stop by the market on the way home.

Liam: That organic place?

Connor: Yea, I need to pick up a few things.

Liam: Look. Would you rather eat at this chinese food cart instead?

Connor: Oh. Yeah. Okay.